Gear Up for March Madness!
The sound of shoes squeaking on the floor. The dejected look on your coworker’s face. The smell of chicken wings in the kitchen. It must be March Madness time! March Madness is the time of year when we forget about how much we miss football and kick back to have fun with our friends.
Even if you don’t follow college basketball during the season, March Madness is a time when everyone can get in on the fun. From picking their favorite teams in a bracket challenge to throwing a Super Bowl-style party, there’s something for everyone. But you don’t have to wait for the event to begin to start having fun - here are 5 ways you can gear up for March Madness today!
5 Ways to Gear Up for March Madness
1. Play a pickup game with friends.
I don’t know about you, but anytime I watch a sport on TV I immediately want to go out and play. What better way to get out and shoot some hoops than with your buddies. I’ve never been a great basketball player, but I still have an awesome time shooting the ball around with a good group of friends. It’s also a great excuse to get some new gear -performance tees and hoodies for big and tall men, just to name a few.
2. Plan a March Madness viewing party.
Having a March Madness party is a great way to get your friends and family together for good eats and drinks. You could go all out by getting a keg and inviting everyone you know or you could keep it low-key by inviting a few close friends for a few beers and hot wings. Since the the tournament spans several weekends, you could do a progressive party where you rotate through various friends’ houses throughout the tourney. This keeps it fun and spreads out the hosting responsibilities. If you are hosting, be sure to look sharp with a fresh look with a new big and tall polo and jeans.
3. Start a bracket challenge.
Having your friends fill out a bracket is one of the best ways to stay interested throughout the tourney. You become attached to your teams and to the money you could potentially win, making it a way to keep people on the edge of their seat in every game. Make it even more interesting by throwing in some prop bets, ala the Super Bowl. WIll there be any buzzer-beaters in the first round? Will the winning mascot be an animal? Check out this site for more fun prop bet ideas.
4. Brush up on your NCAA hoops knowledge.
If you’re anything like me, odds are you catch the random game here and there, but you probably haven’t been following all of the teams closely throughout the season. Beyond your favorite team, it’s likely that you could use a refresher on all of the teams in the tourney. For a quick rundown of everything you need to know to feel like the smartest one in the room while you watch, visit ESPN’s men’s college hoops site.
5. Pick your favorite.
Watching a sporting event is always more fun when you have a favorite to root for. After you’ve done a little research, if you don’t already have a favorite team, pick one that you want to cheer for. Invest in a t-shirt or two for your new favorite team and get on the bandwagon!
Get Out and Celebrate!
No matter how you choose to celebrate, we hope you take the time to hang out with friends and family and enjoy the craziness that is March Madness. For more information on this year’s schedule and teams, check out the official tournament site. Here’s to a successful bracket and a stellar March Madness!